In the case of the overflow flag, it would seem that access to this flag would be a great boon to cross-architecture programming. It would provide a safe alternative to relying on undefined behaviour to check for signed integer overflow such as:
if(a < a + 100) //detect overflow
I do understand that there are safe alternatives such as:
if(a > (INT_MAX - 100)) //detected overflow
However, it would seem that access to the status register or the individual flags within it is missing from both the C and C++ languages. Why was this feature not included or what language design decisions were made that prohibited this feature from being included?